Craig Birkmaier wrote: > I mentioned this recently. AT&T imposes a 200 GB limit on my DSL. This is probably more than adequate for daily online TV watching, actually. Perhaps not plentiful for HDTV, but enough for good Internet SDTV. Using Amazon, which tells me at what bit rate I'm streaming, I've seen up to 900 Kb/s. Assuming an average 1 Mb/s (125,000 bytes/sec), 4 hours per day, 31 days per month, that still only adds up to 55.8 GBytes/month. And from what I've seen, they charge an extra $10 for each additional 50 GB, which is also not that bad. With your cap, HDTV 4 hours a day should also be feasible. Of course, that doesn't leave you much for anything else. This shouldn't be a huge imposition for TV. > As many of us on this list have noted, the capacity does not exist > for a large scale migration to OTT streaming. I think that's almost a separate issue. If it was network capacity during peak hours that were the problem, the solution would be different. Not a flat cap, but different rates, or different caps, for different times of day. The monthly cap is more or less of a blunt instrument, if your real goal is to prevent network saturation. The network will saturate just as fast, caps or no caps, if everyone jumps on between 8 PM and 11 PM, let's say. > "At the end of last year, more than half of the footprint of the > top eight cable providers was all-digital, with 43 percent of that > portion using switched digital video delivering only those > channels watched." > > So there is some progress with the underlying technology, which is > moving toward switched IP delivery, but no progress with bundling. I wouldn't conclude that they're talking about IP delivery. We saw this coming a couple of years ago. At the time, IP wasn't mentioned as the technique, as far as I can remember. Whatever the case, it should leave more available bandwidth for IP broadband last mile links, anyway. Let's see if they put the extra capacity to work that way. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.